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After a very busy Tuesday marked by violence between the police and

demonstrators in several cities of the country, Donatien Nshole, an

official of the episcopal conference says the dialogue initiated by the

CENCO will continue on Wednesday.

The Catholic bishops of the National Episcopal Conference of the

Congo (CENCO) opened a new political dialogue with government as

part of efforts to quell political tensions in the country.

They suspended the talks and decided to fly to the Vatican until

December 20 to find a compromise in the establishment of a transition

period which will lead to the presidential election.

The German Government very much regrets that this has not happened

despite all the efforts at national and international level.

From now on, the Congolese Government’s scope for action will be

restricted. The German Government will adapt its political contacts and

cooperation in accordance. The negotiations on development

cooperation scheduled to take place next year will be postponed

indefinitely. The German Government reserves the right to take further

steps.

“It supports the talks mediated by the Congolese Conference of Catholic

Bishops aiming to reach a compromise solution to make the transitional

period leading to the presidential elections as short as possible without

having to amend the Constitution.

“If agreement is reached, the German Government is prepared, together

with its European partners, to support the election process,” a statement

by a Federal Foreign Office spokesperson in Berlin read.

Africanews.com

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